iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
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Pull Down the iOS 8 Notification Center

A notification is an optional alert from an app that advises you of a new status or activity. For example, you can get a notification when you receive a new email message.

But alerts are easy to miss, so Notification Center compiles all your recent notifications in a single place. In iOS 8, Notification Center gains the power of third-party widgets in the Today view .

① 	The Today view in Notification Center summarizes your day, and it can now include widgets from third-party apps, such as Evernote and Dropbox.

① The Today view in Notification Center summarizes your day, and it can now include widgets from third-party apps, such as Evernote and Dropbox.

Opening Notification Center

Place your finger above the top of the screen and pull Notification Center down like a window shade.

Closing Notification Center

Press the Home button or drag the handle (at the bottom of the screen) up.

Tip: Even if your notifications are usually essential, they may not be welcome at all hours. Instead of turning them off entirely, you can disable them temporarily with Do Not Disturb.

Notification Center Layout

Setting up Notifications

② 	In Settings > Notifications, you can set preferences for each app, including sounds, alert styles, and more.

② In Settings > Notifications, you can set preferences for each app, including sounds, alert styles, and more.

Notification Types

③ 	Badges are hard to miss, but if they’re overused, they’re easy to ignore.

③ Badges are hard to miss, but if they’re overused, they’re easy to ignore.

Tip: To switch quickly between Notification Center views, swipe left or right on an empty space, or from the very left or right edge of the screen.

New! Today View Widgets

Notification Center widgets were previously limited to a few Apple options, such as weather and stocks, but in iOS 8, other apps can have Today view widgets. For example, the Evernote widget makes it quick to create new notes .

④ 	The Today view can be augmented with third-party widgets. For example, if you use the Evernote note-taking service, its widget gives you a quick way to start new notes.

④ The Today view can be augmented with third-party widgets. For example, if you use the Evernote note-taking service, its widget gives you a quick way to start new notes.

Adding a Widget

  1. In the Today view, scroll to the bottom of the view and tap Edit.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to see the Do Not Include list and find the widget you want to add.
  3. Tap that widget’s green add button .
    ⑤ 	To add a widget to Notification Center, tap its green add button. To remove a widget, tap its red delete button.

    ⑤ To add a widget to Notification Center, tap its green add button. To remove a widget, tap its red delete button.

    The widget’s entry moves into the top portion of the list.

  4. If you like, adjust the widget’s position on the Today view by dragging the grab handle at the right of its entry. Drag the handle up or down.
  5. At the upper right, tap Done.

Removing a Widget

  1. In the Today view, scroll to the bottom of the view and tap Edit.
  2. Tap the widget’s red delete button. Tap Remove.
  3. At the upper right, tap Done.

Working in Notifications View

⑥ 	Swiping from right to left on a notification reveals an x, which you can tap to delete the notification. Or—in a few cases—you see other management options; for example, in the case of a Mail message, you can mark the message as read or send it to the trash.

⑥ Swiping from right to left on a notification reveals an x, which you can tap to delete the notification. Or—in a few cases—you see other management options; for example, in the case of a Mail message, you can mark the message as read or send it to the trash.

New! Interactive Notifications

A long-requested feature (and a popular jailbreak hack in previous iOS versions), interactive notification banners let you act upon notifications without having to open the corresponding app.

When you see a banner pop up at the top of your screen, pull down on it to respond .

⑦ 	Pull down a notification banner to reply to a message without opening Messages.

⑦ Pull down a notification banner to reply to a message without opening Messages.

You can reply to messages, “like” Facebook comments, and more!

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